David Ferriero

Former United States National Archivist

Nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, David S. Ferriero served as the 10th Archivist of the United States, from November 13, 2009, to April 30, 2022. He transformed the structure of NARA in keeping with the principles of Open Government and to further the agency’s mission, meet the needs of its customers, and find innovative ways to approach the agency’s work. Mr. Ferriero served both as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries (NYPL) and in top positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and Duke University in Durham, NC. His Massachusetts roots go deep. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature from Northeastern University and a master’s degree from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science. Mr. Ferriero served as a Navy hospital corpsman during the Vietnam War.

The Role of the National Archives in Today’s Democracy: A Conversation with the Former Archivist of the United States